Fewer touches than Onana: 3/10 star just had one of his worst games in a Man Utd shirt – opinion


To put it bluntly, Manchester United’s season has been a complete bust, and Sir Jim Ratcliffe has a big task ahead of him to turn the team around.

The Red Devils’ most recent 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on the road brought to light the team’s evident problems, as they gave up more than 20 shots for the 14th time this year.

Erik ten Hag’s tenure as United’s manager is certain to end this summer as the supporters gradually move past their frustration.

But this time around, it wasn’t one of the usual suspects that let the side down, with a certain star having his worst performance in a United shirt to date, putting in an even worse shift than Marcus Rashford, who sadly struggled again.

Marcus Rashford’s performance vs Bournemouth 

Although Rashford is undoubtedly a world-class player on his best days, his inconsistency in his play has obviously affected his confidence, creating a vicious cycle.

Unfortunately, the tenth player’s performance yesterday was again another lackluster outing as he failed to add to his already paltry seven league goals.

Rashford participated in the entire match, although he mostly served as a spectator with no offensive influence, making only one shot on goal and completing no dribbles.

Rashford participated in the entire match, although he mostly served as a spectator with no offensive influence, making only one shot on goal and completing no dribbles.

Though he wasn’t the worst player on the pitch, his wasteful style of play infuriated the United supporters. He lost the ball seven times, had a 79% pass accuracy rate, and lost a significant eight of nine duels.

Alejandro Garnacho’s performance against Bournemouth 

This past weekend marked Alejandro Garnacho’s thirty-first consecutive start for Manchester United, demonstrating exactly how good he has been thus far this season.

In 24 starts this season, the Argentine has contributed three assists and seven Premier League goals—an amazing return for a young player with so little experience.

The burden placed on him at just 19 years old to not only produce but lead the assault is absurd, and his performance on Saturday on the South Coast was symptomatic of burnout.

The Manchester Evening News gave the number 17’s performance against the Cherries a 3/10 rating, which was the lowest of the team’s ratings.

Garnacho vs Bournemouth
Stats Garnacho
xG/xA 0.06
Shots 1
Pass accuracy 80%
Possession lost 8
Successful dribbles 0/2
Duels won 1/3
Via Sofascore

The statistics do unfortunately back up the rating, with Garnacho looking off the pace throughout, despite playing a role in Bruno Fernandes’ equaliser.

The winger only made 16 passes throughout the first half with an accuracy of 80%, while amassing fewer touches (30) than goalkeeper Andre Onana (50). In truth, he was complacent on every single front, losing two out of three duels and giving possession away eight times.

The academy graduate was also blunt in attack, and he struggled to get the better of the Cherries full-back, as shown by his xG/A (expected goals and assists) of 0.06 and the fact he had a dribble success rate of 0%. Considering his seasonal tally of xG/A sits at 0.49 and his take-on success is at 35%, there is a case to suggest this was one of his worst outings yet in a United jersey.

However, what the statistics don’t portray is the fact that he was involved with both Bournemouth goals, being dispossessed after taking a heavy touch under no pressure for the first goal and failing to pick up Justin Kluivert for the second.

A poor half from Garnacho was topped off by Ten Hag replacing him at half-time, bringing on Amad Diallo in his place, who did show slightly more intensity.

All in all, it was yet another horrific game from Man United, who simply can’t even do the basics right. It was a poor evening for Garnacho, potentially even his worst display of the season.

Indeed, at no other point in the campaign has he been dragged off so early. It doesn’t bode well for another start next time out.

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